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Significant Change to Temporary Foreign Worker Legislation

Above photo: Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey poses with a group of temporary foreign workers following a meeting in which they told him about many of the challenges they face. Worker Advocates and Fishing Industry on P.E.I. Applaud End of Four-in, Four-out Restriction In 2013, a group of Filipino women working on Prince Edward Island as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program wrote a letter to then Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander. The women were rapidly ...

A More Challenging Lobster Season

Lower Landings, Stormy Days Didn’t Lead to Immediate Price Increases Same quality, lower quantities and strong demand but lower prices — so what gives? This is the question most lobstermen in LFA 34 (western and southwestern Nova Scotia) are asking themselves as the heady days of Christmas are over and attention now turns to the Chinese New Year and Valentines Day. Last year, at this time, some harvesters landed product 28 days in a row. This year, high winds cancelled the initial ...

“We Lost Our Admiral, But We Are Staying On Course”

Fishing Industry Reflects on Life and Impact of Christian Brun Michel Richard’s voice was filled with emotion and pride as he spoke about Christian Brun, the executive director of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union. Brun, 46, was killed in a head-on collision in Miramichi, N.B., Dec. 5, 2016, leaving a void in both Richard’s personal and professional life. In the weeks since his death, the organization has been moving forward, continuing with the work started under Brun’s leadershi...

The Model Man – Jeff Clarke

Jeff Clarke likes to build boats — little boats, especially models of commercial fishing vessels. So far, Jeff has built 32 and he has orders from people for another 32 or more. Model boat builders are not rare in Newfoundland and Labrador, but what sets Jeff apart from others is that he builds models armed with nothing more than a photo of the vessel, viewed on the small screen of his iPhone. Obviously, his boats are not built to scale, but his ability to produce an almost exact ...

North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show 2016

Record-Breaking Attendance at Fifth Anniversary Edition of Commercial Marine Event The fifth edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show took place November 18 and 19 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Held biennially, the 2016 edition of this all-encompassing commercial marine event featured more than 100 exhibitors with boats, engines, electronics, supplies, safety gear, fish processing equipment and services for commercial fishermen and other workboats. “...

Sustaining Fisheries

GAMS Holds Successful Two-Day Industry Forum The fifth annual Fishermen’s Forum, “Sustaining Fisheries: Challenges and Changes” took place at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, on November 21-22. The Fishermen’s Forum is organized by The Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station (GAMS). The Forum is a free event, open to all members of the local fishing associations, fishing and aquaculture industries, government and academic scientists, NGO’s and the public and other stakehold...

Group’s Spirits Raised on Shipwreck Issue

Coast Guard Recommends Manolis L Oil Removal Following Technical Assessment The shipwrecked tanker Manolis L has given up its innermost secrets after lying on the sea bottom in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, for 36 years. Armed with knowledge of how much oil remains in the wreck’s cargo tanks following a detailed technical assessment, the Canadian Coast Guard is recommending to the federal government that potential environment-damaging oil be removed from the wreck as soon as the operation ...

Valuable and Lucrative LFA 33-34 Season Kicks Off

Nor’easters are not a fishermen’s friend, especially on dumping day of the lobster fishery. One was predicted to visit the weekend leading up to November 28, the day when over 1,600 lobstermen from Eastern Passage, Halifax County, to Digby, Nova Scotia, were due to set over half a million lobster pots to usher the beginning of the winter season in LFA 33-34. The storm veered more to the north than predicted and most of the key lobster sites in the areas were spared near hurricane ...

Asian Markets Could Lead to Record Opening Day Prices in LFA 33-34

The lobster fishery in LFA (lobster fishing area) 33-34 closed on a very high note at the end of May with harvesters receiving $6/pound for their catch, the same amount paid at the opening of the season in late November 2015 a far cry from the $3.25/pound earned just a few short years ago. And if landings in LFA 35 (southeastern part of New Brunswick and an area from Digby back to the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy) are any indication, the fishing season which opens Nov. 29, ...

Short Notice

P.E.I. Fishermen Left Scrambling for Next Year's Lobster Bait After Sudden Closure of Mackerel Fishery It’s a small fish that’s caused a disproportionately big ruckus in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry. The humble mackerel, long sought after in Atlantic waters as both a food fish and inexpensive bait for far more valuable species like lobster, has recently been the subject of unanswered questions regarding the abrupt ending of its commercial fishing season. The Department of ...